Building on Yewande 103’s current body of work around embodied advocacy, Fountain is a film blending together dance and digital watery environments to explore tidal cycles of repair, loss, joy and intimacy.
This powerful work draws on the symbolism and psycho-geography of water as inevitably linked to Black histories, embodiments, experiences and mental health.
Guided by choreographer Alexandrina Hemsley’s tightly woven movement score, dancers Rickay Hewitt-Martin, Rudzani Moleya and Shahada Nantaba, cycle through plural, interconnected, expansive, non-linear states. Contrasting edits of splashing waves with a darkened theatre space, the trio shift between spectrums of being seen, mirrored & camouflaged by water.
Fountain situates itself amidst the colliding range and scale of experiences within Black subjectivities that water evokes: from the play of running through fountains in the summer, to the significance of oceanic passages and the impacts of colonial carving up of water and selves within Black existences.
Considering the water within our own bodies in relation to the other waters within Earth’s hydrosphere, Fountain tenderly senses our inescapable tides of life and death; welcoming how our watery bodies exist simultaneously as oceans, tombs and sanctuaries – ideas around holding simultaneous tombs and sanctuaries arose in conversation with artist Jamila Johnson-Small.
There will be a thirty minute film followed by behind the screen film and QandA with Alexandrina Hemsley.
Suitable for all.
Please note, due to high contrast, there could be potential light sensitivity triggers in the first five minutes of the film. This film will be captioned.
A free zine will also be available at all screenings. The zine features director Alexandrina’s cut of text and images from Fountain and space for the audience’s own reflections.
This event is priced as “Pay What You Can” with a guided suggestion of £8.
Landscape header image of dancers Rickay Hewitt-Martin, Rudzani Moleya and Shahada Nantaba by Jack Barraclough.
Concept, Creative Direction and Choreography: Alexandrina Hemsley
Dance Artists: Rickay Hewitt-Martin, Rudzani Moleya, Shahada Nantaba
Executive Producer: Nancy May Roberts
Rehearsal Director: Nathália Mello
Director of Photography: Ngozi Ugochukwu
Editor: Katarzyna Perlak
Visual Effects, Editing and Colour Grading: Jack Barraclough
Costume Design: Abiola Onabule
Audio Description: Louise Dickson
Lighting Director: Caterina Castro Frigerio
Camera 1: Jack Barraclough
Camera 2: Rhiana Bonterre
Original Soundtrack: Dave Archer and João Caetano
Music Production: João Caetano and Dave Archer
Vocal improvisations: Jalen N’Gonda
Supported by Arts Council England, Cambridge Junction, Dark Matter, The Lowry, and Wainsgate Dances.